Film screening and seminar: coordinated by Aya Distribution, support of the BFI and awarding funds from The National Lottery.

In 1952, Ousmane Sembène, a dockworker and school dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. This feature-length documentary tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema”, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans.

Seminar panellists include Samba Gadijgo (co-writer, co-director and co-producer), Ohn Akomfra (artist, writer, film director, screenwriter, theorist and curator) and June Givanni (curator, African and African diaspora cinema).

Tickets: £8.40 with concessions available. Booking is essential: book online or call 0115 952 6611.

Part of Black History Month 2016. You can keep up to date on events news, comment and profiles on our People and Culture blog, which we will update throughout October. You can also take a look at our gallery of events.

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